The memory of last season’s first loss to Enloe since 2006 evidently still looms large for the Broughton boys lacrosse team, and on Friday the Capitals did their part to make good on it.
Shaking off a sluggish start, visiting Broughton took command with an eight-goal second quarter for an 18-5 victory over Enloe in a Cap-8 Conference contest.
William Rice and Van Parker scored five goals each and Mitchell Snyder added four goals and four assists for Broughton (6-0), No. 6 in the current N&O rankings. Broughton had lost, 9-8, the last time it had played Enloe on April 23, 2015.
Tied at 3 after the first quarter, Broughton outscored Enloe, 8-0, in the second as Rice and Parker each scored three goals in the frame.
“They beat us last year, and I think the kids came out maybe a little too fired up,” said Broughton coach Michael Raskevitz of his team’s first-quarter struggles. “I think we lost a little of the execution we were looking for.
“(After the first quarter) we talked about ground balls. We were winning faceoffs but we weren’t able to pick up the ground ball. We focused on that and then our weapons on offense, we have so many guys that can step up and they got things going there.”
Rhen Bumgardner scored all five goals for Enloe (4-4). His third goal knotted the score at 3 with 1 minute, 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but he wouldn’t score again until seven seconds into the third quarter.
“First quarter went really well, but second quarter we fell apart,” Enloe coach Arthur Kyner said. “There was a lot of transition in the second quarter, and we don’t play a lot of guys, and a team that runs us and has us on defense all the time, there’s not much we can do.”
Tied at 3 after the first quarter, Broughton scored three goals in a span of 65 seconds early in the second quarter to grab momentum.
Parker started the surge with a goal from close range with 10:55 left in the quarter and Snyder followed with back-to-back goals, the first off a nice pass from Rice and the second in transition following a steal from Nick Cattano, to give Broughton a 6-3 lead. The Capitals pulled away from there.
They said it
“It was a good game for us, we really wanted to show we can beat these Eagles, especially losing last year,” Snyder said. “We wanted to show them we can play.”
Three to know
Mitchell Snyder, Broughton: The senior midfielder was impressive, whether it was converting scoring opportunities of his own or setting up teammates.
Austin Bell, Broughton: Along with Sam Stein, the senior enjoyed a strong night on faceoffs, producing extra offensive possessions for the Capitals.
Rhen Bumgardner, Enloe: Even with Broughton defenders concentrating on stopping him, Bumgardner was able to enjoy success, particularly early, pressuring the Broughton goal.
By the numbers
0: Total wins for Enloe when it allows double-digit goals. The Eagles are 0-4 when allowing 10 or more goals, 4-0 when allowing single-digit goals.
4: The number of games this season Broughton has scored 18 or more goals in a game. The Capitals are averaging 16 goals per game.